Tony invites, you stay

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PUSHING: Tony Curran pushes boundaries in his new exhibition Stay, which is open until Sunday, May 24.

PUSHING: Tony Curran pushes boundaries in his new exhibition Stay, which is open until Sunday, May 24.

Linda Elliott

LOCAL artist Tony Curran is pushing the boundaries of the portrait in the latest exhibition at the Wagga Art Gallery, which opens today.

Entitled Stay, the 30 works in the show range from small-scale screen-based video to digital prints and large-scale oil paintings – and the show will continue to grow as Tony invites visitors to the gallery to sit for their own portrait.

Tony is completing his doctoral research at Charles Sturt University, specialising in contemporary ideas of the self and their application to portrait practice and figure drawing. 

During this research, Tony has conducted residencies at the Museum of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga (2012) and the National Portrait Gallery (2013). 

In 2014, his work was included in the Archibald Prize’s Salon des Refusés at the SH Ervin Gallery in Sydney.

Describing his practice, Tony says, “I try to paint people but they change so quickly. The only solution is to paint the change. Rather than holding the subjects in a frozen pose, I use their constant flux as a means to access the subject from multiple vantage points in time and space.”

Tony Curran: Stay will be on display in the Links Gallery exhibition space at Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday, April 4 until Sunday, May 24, 2015. 

Throughout the exhibition, all visitors are invited to reserve a session for their portrait to be created by the artist in the gallery, at

Tony will be painting these portraits on his iPad, which will be available for participants to download for free

Tony will discuss the exhibition and his research with an artist talk on Saturday, April 18 at 11am, and all our visitors are welcome to come along and find out more about Tony’s practice and ideas. 

A closing finale will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 6pm to celebrate the success of this extraordinary exhibition.


  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am  to 4pm, Sunday: 10am to 2pm. Closed: Mondays.
  • Today is your last chance to see Inspiration: 1975-2015 in the Main Gallery and ABC Open: Our people, our stories.
  • More details online at